Updated 1 February 2013, 10:31 AEST, Radio Australia's Pacific beat and 7News.
Presenter: Geraldine Coutts
Speaker: Johnny Engell-Hansen, charge d'affaires for the EU delegation in the Pacific
The Fiji interim government has missed a self-imposed deadline to present its new draft constitution, which would replace the one prepared by its Constitution Commission last month.
Fiji's dictator Frank Bainimarama had promised to make the new draft available for consultation by the end of January. There's also been no word on the appointment of the Constituent Assembly whose job it would be to debate and approve the new constitution.
The European Union has said it wants to see the make-up of the Assembly before giving Fiji any more money ahead of promised elections. The EU gave around $US400,000 to the Constitution Commission, but there's more than $US1.5 million that's being kept back for the Assembly and other election-related activities.
Charge d'affaires for the EU delegation in the Pacific, Johnny Engell-Hansen, has told Radio Australia's program the EU won't be committing any more money to Fiji for election-related purposes.
"I'm not sure that I'd say we've lost faith, but we are a little bit confused by what's actually going on right now," he said.
"We see various developments and we hear various statements, and what we would really like to be reassured of is that the process is on track, and that there is an irreversible process that will lead to those free and fair elections by 2014."
The warning comes as Australia's foreign minister, Bob Carr, says the role of Fiji's army should be in the barracks and not the parliament.
Fiji's military has already committed to playing a key role in beyond the 2014 elections.
Senator Carr has told Australia Network's Fiji should take the advice of the leadership of Indonesia.
"President (Susilo Bambang) Yudhoyono has made it clear when he spoken to the military political leadership in Myanmar (Burma) that the role of the army is in the barracks," he said.
"That's been the Indonesian experience and the Indonesians deserve great credit for making that point when they engage in other parts of the world.
"The role of the military is in the barracks."
Mr Carr says the Pacific Island community has some concerns over what has been discussed in the draft constitution, but its main concern is fair elections in 2014.
"That's a reasonable expectation on behalf of the region," he said.
"An election conducted under laws and procedures and regulations that are so fair even those who lose the ballot will still recognise that the rules were fair."
This is true but what Bob Carr fails to say is that his "soft sanctions" policy on Fiji includes waiting for the outcome of any election, no matter what, and then recognise it as being the voice of the people. Bob Carr and Murray McCully were informed way back in 2011 of bainimarma's plans to fool the world. But they did nothing about it. Now its all coming to pass with yet another promise by bainimarama broken - the military junta has missed a self-imposed deadline to present its new draft constitution.
However, given Carr and McCully's record, the oppressed people of Fiji will still have to sit and wait, again, while the spineless duo go through their whole routine again with bainimarma's next lie - the Constituent Assembly. And goodness knows how many more lies these two so-called defenders of democracy in the Pacific will continue to accept from Fiji's dictator frank voreqe bainimarama. Albert Einstein described insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results".